What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neuro-functional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is mechanism-based, not disease-based. Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms.
Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used to treat many conditions throughout the body. We focus on the neuro-musculo-skeletal systems to help reduce pain and improve mobility and function. Acupuncture can be used for the treatment of but not limited to:
- neck or back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- arthritic knees
- tennis or golfer’s elbow
- plantar fasciitis
- tension in the neck and shoulders
- facial pain
How does acupuncture work?
- it stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving “endorphins” that stop pain messages from reaching the brain
- reduces pain and inflammation, promotes general relaxation, and helps regulate internal functions
What are the risks associated with acupuncture?
- acupuncture is a very safe and effective treatment that most patients find relaxing
- women who are pregnant and people with hemophilia should be treated with caution
- only sterile disposable needles are used; this prevents the risk of infection
Does acupuncture work?
People experience a range of sensations with acupuncture. Many people are surprised to find that they don’t even know when the needle is inserted! Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all.
How many treatments will be required?
- acute conditions usually only a require a few treatments (3-8)
- for longstanding or complex conditions, 1 or 2 treatments a week for several weeks may be needed with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs
- sessions usually last 15 – 30 minutes